Article courtesy of richmondhub.ca
It was a blast! That’s the resounding conclusion of all who attended the gala that ushered in the launch of Richmond’s bi-centennial year of celebration. And what an evening it was!
The Duke, John Hartin, a former Richmond resident, resplendent in his finest military dress opened the door for the guests as they arrived. With music by The Cougar Chick Tribute Band, cocktails at 6:00pm, a three course meal, 4 menu selections, party favours and a cash bar the revelry was well underway long before midnight. A highlight of the evening was a photo booth where nearly everyone took the opportunity to capture the moment on film. Suffice it to say lots of memories were captured as the countdown to Richmond’s 200th anniversary began!
Comments back to the organizers after the event speak for themselves:
“I am sending an extra special thank you to you, the organizing committee, decorators, chiefs, cleaners , bar-tenders, bus drivers etc., for “ the magical New Years Eve Party “, that you all created!! We just so enjoyed every minute. I had salmon, which was terrific . The Hall was transformed with the detailed decorations. The band was absolutely amazing and if people had any trepidation about an all female band, they had their eyes opened! We had so much fun with our friends, and kudos to Brenda & Andy Hall, for supporting their community and suggesting “ the Gala”!
***Warm Wishes for 2018, Joan & Rick Sands***
Congratulations on an extremely successful New Years Eve Gala! All of your hard work and planning created a memory that we will all cherish! Oh my… many are saying it was their best New Years eve ever! The hall looked amazing, the detail you added for decor, even in the bathrooms was noticed by all! The Richmond arena hall was decked out in style! The food was terrific-great salad, the beef was delicious and dessert was excellent too. Pre-drinks, appetizers, wine and champagne were great – Hats off to the caterer! And the music…wow – the Cougar Chicks rocked it – many of us danced more than ever before! —-2018 sure did look great when it lit up!!
Anyway- I know the responsibilities of volunteer work… just wanted to pass on that this event goes down in history as best ever for me too! Thanks so much for all your hard work-it was a pleasure to assist!
***Cheers, Melody Murison ***
Congratulations. I cannot think of one thing that could have changed to make this party more special. The 200 Anniversary Gala was a tremendous success and makes me very proud to be part of Richmond history. Your success, … the hard work and pride you take living in Richmond. Thanks for being you.
Thanks for a wonderful party!
Congratulations ladies to you and your team for a wonderfully successful event. My entire table loved every minute as did everyone else I spoke to. You managed to transform the Community Centre (including the washrooms 😀) into a festive wonderland. The meal was delicious and the band superb. The complimentary photo booth was a particularly nice touch. All in all, a great way to start the 200 celebrations.
Best regards, ***Sylvia***
There was even a tribute to the organizers from Tribute Band member and former Richmond resident Ornella Smilovich-Kennedy:
“ I am so happy that everyone had fun. We certainly did. It was a great party over all and everyone I talked to was so impressed with the band. Frankly, I was pleasantly surprised that the dance floor was full from start to finish and an encore to boot!!! Thank you so very much for having us.
Cydney Green and Maryan Wammes extend their thanks and that of Richmond as a whole to all the volunteers, sponsors and committee members who worked so hard to mount such a special and successful event. “Without volunteers and sponsors events like this simply would not happen.” A special thank you went out as well to Danby’s for their assistance in making the evening an unqualified success. Finally, to all in attendance “you can’t have a party without guests, … you were simply awesome!”
When it all wound up in the wee hours of the mourning there was even a bus to take people safely home. The bar has now been set high. Richmond knows how to celebrate and this augers well for celebrations yet to come. Residents can look forward to a rewarding and event filled 2018 bi-centennial. It is bound to be a year to remember!
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SOLD OUT – THANK YOU
A damp and rainy December day could not deter the GT Sign’s crew, (Andrew and Blair) from their annual assignment of hanging the Kids Winter Banners.
As 2018 marks Richmond’s bicentennial this edition of banners feature the 200th logo with the sponsor name on one side and the young artists creation and name on the opposite side. A total of 27 banners were installed along McBean and Perth Streets. When added to the existing 17 anniversary banners the Village is now graced with a total of 44 bicentennial themed banners, the most ever displayed for any event. These banners represent just one of the many 200th Anniversary activities held to date with more events scheduled as we count down to the big 2018 weekend party on June 15-17.
The Richmond Village Association and the 200th Organizing Committee wish to thank all the participating children and families for their great artistic creations. We also thank all of the local businesses who make this event possible with their generous sponsorships.
The 2018 Organizing Committee wishes to thank the Curling Club for their generous in-kind use of their facilities for the June 15-17, 2018 weekend festivities of Richmond’s 2018 celebration. All other local clubs and businesses are encouraged to show their support.
Scotiabank Richmond Branch Manager Duane Morris appears with Cydney Green, Chair 2018 Organizing Committee on their recent partnership.
Scotiabank will act as a ticket sales outlet for the New Year’s Eve Gala event presented by the 2018 Organizing Committee. A limited number of 50 Gala tickets will be available for purchase on a first come basis directly from Scotiabank.
Scotiabank Richmond employees will also assist in volunteering in the fundraising events towards this charitable evening in support of “Richmond’s 200th Anniversary”. Scotiabank will match each dollar they help raise up to $5,000. Early birds wanting to attend the Gala are encouraged to purchase their tickets directly from Scotiabank as soon as possible.
The 2018 Organizing Committee thanks Duane and Scotiabank for their support of Richmond’s 200th Anniversary.
From its initial meeting held in June 2014 Richmond’s 2018 bicentennial preparations have made significant progress. At that time the Richmond Village Association convened an open meeting which included the local Lions and Kiwanis clubs, Goulbourn Museum, Richmond Agricultural Society, Richmond Legion, Goulbourn Historical Society and others. It was agreed that a unified Organizing Committee would be established to coordinate, raise funds, promote and create a 2018 celebratory event to match the historical achievement of a 200 year birthday.
In the fall of 2015 and after several early meetings it was agreed to bring in Cydney Green to head the 2018 Organizing Committee because of her experience in chairing Richmond’s 175th Anniversary. Cydney immediately assembled a dedicated core of volunteers who created a vision and plan, a marketing/funding strategy, opened a bank account, commissioned an official logo and theme song, created website/social media platforms, ordered memorabilia, created a list of activities/events and then started executing.
The execution began with the official launch on April 30, 2016 followed by fund raising events which included One Fabulous Garage Sale, Car-tastrophy, Taste of Richmond, Barn Dance, Golf Tournament and participation in the Richmond Fair. These will be followed by a New Year’s Gala, Family Fun Day Skating Party, a Margaritaville Dance and many other events. See: http://richmond200.ca/2018-
Along the way many grassroots fundraising initiatives were also held and included card playing tournaments, BBQ’s, a swim-a-thon, street banners, donations from wine bottle sales, crocheted fox doll sales, church event donations and several anonymous cash donations. New fundraising grass root initiatives are always needed and welcomed.
So with less than nine months remaining before our big weekend party on June 15-17, 2018 where do we stand? Financially, we have raised over $100,000 and are working toward our new target of $150,000.
We need more volunteers to sign up and commit to our June weekend event and we need the community to visit our merchandise store at Royal Lepage Team Realty office at 3441 McBean Street, Richmond to purchase memorabilia. And if you would like more information or have questions please attend the Richmond Village Association Open Meeting on Wednesday Oct 18, 8pm at the Richmond arena where Cydney and the Organizing Committee will be presenting a detailed status update.
Finally, we wish to thank our committee members, volunteers, sponsors, supporters and everyone who has participated in Richmond’s 200th Anniversary. We encourage and invite everyone to join in the celebration.